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Here are five fun ways to teach preschool math to your child. These hands-on activities are sure to engage your little ones!
Have you introduced preschool math to your child yet, or does the thought of workbooks and worksheet make you sigh in dread? Don’t worry, the solution is here.
Take a Walk
Take a walk around the neighborhood and search for numbers. You should find numbers all over the place.
Point out the numbers on houses as you pass by. Look at cars and license plates. Check out the street signs by the road.
Nothing makes a small child as happy as finding the numbers they’re learning all over town.
Bake Cookies Together
Baking cookies together is another fabulous way to learn preschool math. It’s also a popular preschool activity.
Point out the numbers in the cookbook. Count out the cups of flour. Count the eggs as you break them. How many teaspoons of baking soda or spices are you pouring into the batter?
After the cookies are baked, count how many you need to save for later. Count the number you’re able to eat now. Play a few addition and subtraction games as you munch the cookies.
Have a Tea Party
Now that you have baked cookies together, try having a tea party. Invite all the stuffed animals in the house.
Count the animals as they appear. Find chairs for the animals to sit on. Count the plates carefully to ensure you have enough.
Chat about subtraction as you reduce the number of stuffed animals to fit the number of chairs. Add a chair or two and ask how many stuffed animals can now come back.
Be sure to enjoy a few cookies as you host the tea party for the stuffed animals of the house.
Spend a few minutes everyday playing card games with your kids. Say the numbers as they appear, help your child find the numbers they need.
Learning preschool math through cards games is easy and fun.
Indoor Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are a blast, but you don’t have to go outside to play. Instead ask your child to find a number one in the house. See how quickly your child appears with the number, or knowing where a number one is.
Also send your child to fetch two blocks or three crayons. Once your preschooler is skilled at finding the appropriate number, start asking addition or subtraction problems such as “Find me 2+1 crayons.”
Keep increasing the difficulty of the scavenger hunt as your child grows, and you’ll be amazed at how much math they learn.
Don’t try to do all five ways of learning preschool math the same day. Spread the adventures out, and have fun with your preschooler.
What is your favorite way to teach preschool math?